AC Milan vs Lazio: Post Match Review
After 30 years Lazio have finally defeated AC Milan at the San Siro, it was also a night to remember for Ciro Immobile who scored his 100th goal in Lazio colours.
Lazio started the brighter side, the Biancocelesti carved out the first chance of the game on the fifth minute. Lulic picked up on a lose pass and plays in Ciro Immobile, the Italian looks for the far post but Donnarumma was equal to it and Milan cleared their lines.
Two minutes later Krzysztof Piatek picked up on a poor pass from Thomas Strakosha, the Polish striker unleashed a fierce shot which was well blocked by Francesco Acerbi.
On the 16th minute Milan were awarded a free-kick 30 yards out after Bastos left a boot in on Piatek. Hakan Çalhanoglu stepped up to strike the dead ball, his effort was well wide.
Twenty-one minutes it it was Milan’s turn again, Samu Castillejo delivering a great ball for Lucas Paqueta who failed to convert a one-on-one with Strakosha.
The game was now end to end with both sides playing with a high tempo, on the 22nd minute Immobile hit the frame of the Milan goal. Immobile was played in down the left hand side by Luis Alberto, the striker perfectly opened up his body to curl his effort around Gianluigi Donnarumma and the ball cannoned back off the bar.
Immobile is a striker who is currently in the form of his life, on the 25th minute Manuel Lazzari played the perfect cross from the right. Immobile was the only Lazio player in the box , however it didn’t matter, a well placed header after same excellent movement left Donnarumma with no chance. 0-1.
Lazio’s lead was a short one, three minutes after taking the lead Piatek attempted to get on the end of a Theo Hernández cross, his effort was diverted past Strakosha by Bastos. The Angolan was not having the best of games. 1-1.
AC Milan nearly scored directly from a corner on the 39th minute, Calhanoglu’s effort forced Strakosha to make a reflex save. The Milan players protested the effort, however after being checked it was clear the ball did not cross the line.
Excellent link up pay in the final third as Lazio finished the half the stronger side, Alberto played in Joaquin Correa who took an age to get his shot away, when he did it was blocked by Alessio Romagnoli.
The Italian picked up in the second half where he left off in the first, Romagnoli managed to get his head onto a corner from Calhanoglu on the 58th minute which looped onto the top of the Lazio goal.
Simone Inzaghi left the Laziali speechless on the 60th minute opting to haul off Immobile and Milinković-Savić for the likes of Parolo and Caicedo.
Milan were awarded a free-kick centrally on the 65th minute, Calhanoglu opted to drive the ball as hard as he could down the throat of Strakosha who was equal to it.
With fifteen minutes left on the clock Lazzari played Alberto in after good work down the right flank, the Spaniard opted to strike across goal which was saved by Donnarumma. Alberto really should have looked to cut the ball back to either Felipe Caicedo or Correa who were in better positions.
Alberto was back at it agin on the 83rd minute winning the second ball and playing a sexual reverse pass to Correa. The ball meant the Argentinian was one-on-one with Donnarumma, he slammed the ball home giving Lazio the lead. 1-2.
The assist was Alberto’s seventh assist of the season in Serie A already after only 11 games.
AC Milan vs Lazio: Statistical Analysis
Taking a deeper look into the performance of Bastos against Milan, the defender may well have come under some unnecessary flack on Twitter. Yes the Angolan looked nervous and it was his deflection which equalized for Milan, however Bastos finished the game with the most clearances and also won the majority of his ground duels. One are of improvement for Inzaghi to work on would be his ability in the air, only managing to win 20 percent of battles in the air.
There is a reason why Immobile is leading the goal scoring charts in Serie A, his conversion rate at present from shots on target to goals scored is through the roof. The Italian currently has taken 35 shots in the league seeing 20 of these hit the target. Scoring 11 goals to date in the league from 20 shots on target leaves Immobile with a conversion rate of 55% to date.
Lucas Leiva is a key figure within the Lazio side, the Brazilian put in another exceptional shift in the San Siro. Making five tackles, three interceptions, two clearances and one blocked shot it is his energy which often leads to regaining possession and springing many a counter attack.
AC Milan vs Lazio: Man of the Match
Luis Alberto is the catalyst for all things good for Lazio at present, the Spaniard has shown his ability time and time again this season at receiving the ball in tight situations and finding the perfect pass to a team mate. It is no surprise that Alberto picked up yet another assist in Milan, his composure and influence on the game continually in the colours of Lazio surely will earn him a recall to the Spanish starting eleven.